Hoke is on the shelf with neck surgery and could be gone for good.

Chris Hoke Injury: How Will It Impact Steelers' D-Line?

Long time vet and backup to Casey Hampton, Chris Hoke has been placed on the IR and will have season ending neck surgery. In what was described as a ‘stinger’ all they way back on October 16th, has now become a much more complicated injury that is leading to surgery. Seeing how badly a neck injury can be, a la Peyton Manning, some sources like the PPG are saying that Hoke’s career could be over.

Hoke is 35 years old, and an old body has a hard time healing.  Hoke has been a staple on the defense as a backup since 2002.  In 2004 he had significant time backing up Casey Hampton.  He’s always done a decent job at filling, though he is not the NT force that Hampton is/ was back in Hampton’s prime.  Steve McLendon has filled in at Hoke’s role as the primary back up.  So if Hampton goes down and there’s no Hoke – will the Steelers notice?

How will Chris Hoke's season ending/career ending surgery impact the Steelers?

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